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  • Please take your hands off of me Mr. Frodo.
    Gamers.com has posted a preview of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. We were always confused about who was Sauron and who was Sarumon and so was the guy playing the slots machines who suddenly yelled:

    "Turbine has developed a very intuitive display for character and party status. There is no text onscreen in normal play. Instead, players' two health stats are described in a two-tone bar along the bottom of the screen. The first (and largest) portion of the bar displays your character's Endurance, which regenerates automatically. The left-most tip is another shade, however; it shows the character's Health, which must be healed magically or through resting in a camp or town."

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Preview at Gamers.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Jul 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • TVG talks to RG on the QT.
    TVG has posted an interview with Starr Long, the producer of Tabula Rasa. All hailed Lord British and then wrote something almost like this:

    "Richard Garriott and I (Starr Long) started this project together with other key team members so he has been involved since the beginning. For the first couple of years we took the project down a path that was more fantasy oriented, with a very unique combat system and focused entirely on instanced adventure spaces for small groups. After bringing it to E3 in 2004 we realised that the setting and visuals were getting in the way of the game we wanted to make so we decided to make some major changes. We moved the game towards a more science fiction direction for the visuals and setting. We also changed the design towards a focus on large persistent battlefields where player’s actions can impact the state of the battle. We also changed combat to feel much more like a shooter-style game while retaining RPG systems underneath everything. This means while you are shooting your weapon via a mouse click and cycling through weapons like a shooter, the outcome of each shot is being determined mainly by your character’s skills that you have built up over time."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Interview at TVG.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Jul 06, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Gnolls have a saga?
    GameCloud has posted a Interview with Sony Online Entertainment's Scott Hartsman covering the latest EverQuest 2 adventure pack, The Splitpaw Saga. While watching the clouds drift by we saw one that looked a lot like Lord Nagafen and it appeared he was writing this:

    " The folks at Sony Online recently release the second "adventure pack" for their hit MMORPG Everquest 2 titled The Splitpaw Saga. Gamecloud got a chance to quiz the pack's senior producer Scott Hartsman to find out more about their mini-expansion pack for the game. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: The Splitpaw Saga Interview at GameCloud.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • LotRO Insider.
    The first installment of Lord of the Rings Online Insider is up and alive at the Official Site . Our Legal Department has strongly advised us not to mention that actor Nick
    Nolte was found wandering the streets mumbling the following:

    "Welcome to the first installment of our new series, the Thursday Insider. In each Insider, we'll ask some team members to answer a question about themselves, LOTRO, or The Lord of the Rings. You never know what you'll get from the LOTRO team!"

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online Insider at The Official Site.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Jun 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard is your friend.
    GamesIndustry.biz chatted with Richard Garriott about the success of World of Warcraft and how it affects the industry. We are unreliably informed that Tom Cruise pumped his fists in the air, and
    declared his undying love for the following quote from the story:

    "World of Warcraft has been very good for my business," Garriott told the ELSPA International Games Summit in London this morning. "It's brought in a whole new segment of people who played Blizzard games, but never played an MMOG before."

    You can read the entire Richard Garriott Article at GamesIndustry.biz.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 23, 2005
    Boomjack
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